Yesterday was a landmark for aspiring EH researchers like me with the publication of the summary of Professor Steve Tombs’ research on EHPs and the broadcasting of parts of this research on BBC Radio 5 Live followed by a wider debate on food safety and the limits of risk regulation.
Publication is free from here: http://tinyurl.com/zvvetgz
BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates podcast here (available for 29 days): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b078xdqf
Both illustrate why research matters and provided important critiques of what’s happening to local government EHPs, why it’s happening and what front line EHPs think about it. In particular I take my hat off to those EHPs who contributed to the radio programme with their fears and concerns for the public’s health. I think it says a lot about what’s happening in local government that many were afraid to go on the record for fear of losing their jobs.
My hope is that this research and coverage will be harder to ignore and could give EHPs more confidence to speak out and thereby lead to a more informed and critical debate about what’s happening in local government environmental health services. My fear is that we won’t make time to engage for many reasons, not least our desire to get on with (and keep) our jobs and not to upset our seniors and those who claim to represent us.
Our cause is becoming clearer by the day, recruiting for environmental health rebels here…
With best wishes,